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GO>ID: Carry Your Emergency Contact Information On the Go

By Bryan Black

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As I get older, I’ve found myself shedding more and more of the “invincible” mindset or the “it won’t happen to me” attitude that I once had.

One such instance of this is wanting to carry emergency contact information with me when I’m off on a run or working out away from home. I’m a minimalist when it comes to these activities and have tried running with my driver’s license, which is bulky and too important to accidentally lose. I’ve also tried taking my phone, which is even more bulky and due to a passcode lock, wouldn’t help a first responder to know who I am anyway.

Yes, there’s always putting that information on a lock screen background, but I feel that’s giving away too much in the situation where I might lose my phone. Plus, there’s always the possibility of the battery dying or electronics failing when you need them the most.

There’s quite a few things I’ve seen to help with storing emergency contact information, such as bracelets and dog tags; neither of which appeal to me. Namely because I’ve been enjoying tracking my activity with a Fitbit and wear a watch on the opposite wrist. A necklace to hold a dog tag is also just one more thing I have to worry about.


A few months back, I came across the GO>ID Personal Emergency ID Kit and was impressed with the versatility it provided to store emergency contact information.

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The concept is a metal tab that can be worn underneath a watch, on your shoe, hanging on a backpack or keychain, or even clipped to a zipper pull. This is made possible through a hook and loop interface between the metal tab and the underside of your watch, or through an included silicone protective sleeve if worn on a shoe, pack, keychain or zipper pull.

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What I like about the GO>ID is that it includes printable adhesive-backed discs that can be printed at home with emergency contact information, which make it easy to make changes if necessary. With an engraved bracelet or dog tag, you’d have to purchase a new one if your contact information changed.

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Another benefit of the GO>ID is that the small adhesive disc can fit up to 250 characters. I chose to have my name, birthday, blood type, allergies, insurance carrier/policy number and ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact phone number.

The printing process is extremely simple, once you learn how. The ID Making Kit that comes with each GO>ID includes printable discs for both inkjet and laser printers. My first inclination was to use the laser version of the disc to not have to deal with smudging or ink bleeding from sweat, but the kit also comes with clear adhesive discs to put over the printed area for just that issue.

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GO>ID has an online portal that will walk you through the template process to print your contact information. You’ll need to create a login to access it, which didn’t make much sense to me, as it doesn’t save your previously created contact information. That would be a nice feature to have in the future.

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Carrying emergency contact information is all well and good, but it has to be seen for an emergency responder to know it’s there. The metal tab is reversible both inside the carrier and on your watch (depending on which side you stick the adhesive loop disc to). One side features an engraved medical Star of Life logo showing and the other has a large “ID-PULL” engraved.

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The silicone cover also features the Star of Life logo on one side and the GO>ID logo on the other. There’s even different colors available in the metal tab and the silicone cover, like red and green to help it stand out better.

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Attachment of the cover to a shoe can be achieved by running your shoelace through the two holes on the cover, using those same holes to add a safety pin, or just using the included clip like I’ve done. I used the clip because my Salomon Speedcross 3 shoes have non-removable shoelaces.

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Three sizes of the GO>ID are available; small, medium and large. Small is a good diameter for ladies watches, or if you just plan to hang it off a zipper pull. Medium is what I purchased and is good for most watches and general overall use. Large is for bigger GPS watches and as you can see in the photo below, the Medium size is probably a bit small for the back of my G-Shock watch.

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I’ve been extremely happy with the GO>ID I purchased and haven’t had any issues with metal tab falling out of the silicone cover, even while running; it’s a very solid interface. I also haven’t had any of the aforementioned bleeding of the text or sweat compromising the printed disc.

By leaving the GO>ID attached to my running/workout shoes, it’s always there, giving me peace of mind in knowing my emergency contact information is always with me.

If you need another reason to pick one up, GO>ID also donates 25% of their profits to First Responder organizations that provide life-saving emergency care, especially those lacking basic equipment to serve their communities. There’s even a link for First Responders to learn more about the GO>ID and how to recognize them. Grab yours from www.go-id.org

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  • Maybe, maybe not. If you’re badly injured, I’m not sure the police or ER personnel will be looking at your watch or shoes. They’ve got a lot on their minds.

    For me, the old-fashioned dog tag still makes sense. Medics will certainly see it when they give you a head-to-toe inspection, but, since it isn’t attached to anything valuable, muggers and thieves won’t take it. Now that I’ve got a permanent address, I really do need to get a dog tag.

    Putting your state driver’s license number on objects is an alternative. Police and medics will still be able to get your details, but criminals probably won’t.

    • InklingBooks Before labeling you a John Doe, I feel Police or First Responders would be looking for your information wherever they could. 

      There’s certainly nothing wrong with Dog Tags. For me the downside is that you now have to remember to put it on before you head out and it’s one more thing to in fact “put on.” Also, as mentioned I don’t like wearing a necklace. That’s just me though.

      The driver’s license number addition is a good tip for those that feel comfortable doing that. However, I feel that shouldn’t be all that’s included.

      Thanks for the comment,

    • JPate191

      That IS the job of police when the scene is crazy. EMT, Paramedics, Fire, I let them deal with the injuries, I deal with securing the scene, then identifying the victim. There have been several times over the past 20 years I went to the hospital to dig through a victims personal belonging looking for id. My only suggestion would be make the tab a bright neon color, orange or green or red, gets the attention faster.

    • Virius

      bryanpblack InklingBooks I agree with you Bryan I personally hate wearing necklaces or really anything, I wear a watch when I am at work but I tend to take it off every chance I get. Speaking from experience I usually treat first but if I have time or it is a longer transport I will look for ID if necessary, usually I will leave that up to the hospital if I don’t have the time though, and I will usually not ever contact the person’s ICE unless they request me to and I have the time and ability. I will have to keep an eye out for anyone with these though and pass along the information if they have one and maybe even get a set for myself.

  • ChrisBrooks2

    I second what InklingBooks said. You can get a set of dog tags for $5 on Amazon.

    • ChrisBrooks2 Agreed, they’re cheap, if that’s what you’re going for. The convenience of not having to replace them if something changes is something to keep in mind too. Plus now having to wear a dog tag chain and remembering to put it on before going out. Just playing devil’s advocate. 

      Thanks for your comment!

  • Quote: “I feel Police or First Responders would be looking for your information wherever they could.” 
    True, but when I got my EMT training in Seattle, no mention was made about how to ID a patient. It probably depends on what training the employer gives. That dog tag is not going to be missed by anyone who does a physical. A bracelet would serve as well for those who have problems with something around their neck.
    Also, when I was in an accident brutal enough to send me flying about 25 feet through the air, Seattle’s medics took my condition seriously enough, that they rushed me to Harborview rather than wait for an ambulance. There I was surround by fired-up staff who stripped everything off me, while at the same time installing EEG leads and starting an IV. Anything attached to my clothing or shoes would have been quickly lost in a pile.
    First priority in an emergency is going to be diagnosing the problems and keeping the victim alive not identifying them. Tunnel vision can be a problem.

  • SurvivalPunk

    I find it to be a neat idea and looks reined and slick. However I think I can make one for a fraction of the $18.95 they want for one.

  • Brian

    Never thought about not being invincible anymore but figured with trying to go faster and cover more distance it might be good to have something ID me and provide information to those trying to help me. 

    I have not taken the step to get something like this because I don’t like to pay a fee or have my information on a website that someone needs to access. But I kinda like the idea of this one.

    I guess we can Sharpe shoot if EMS is going to look for information on your shoe or around your neck. Bottom line is that you have it on you and that this is a habit. 

    I have to wear my dog tags while I am in uniform and I find that I hate wearing them for PT. While running they want to crawl up my shirt and they still make noise no matter what you do with them. I know it’s not registered but I wear my dog tags under the flap of my right arm pocket. You just do see the chain under the tab that covers the IR patch. But it catches your eye.

  • ffemt94

    I for one really like this idea of having your information readily avaliable incase you get in an accident or any thing else that may occur to make you unable to relay your information to EMS or whoever. I work as an EMT and firefighter in both an urban and rural setting and think that this would be awesome if more people carried these with them. To all these people who aren’t either part of the fire, EMS or police community shouldn’t really say that this wouldn’t work or that no one would take time to look for this is mistaken. When we go to peoples house who we find unresponsive we look on their person, in their house and in their fridge for a vile of life when we need to get information. Heck even if they are on the street or wherever someone is still looking where they can for a form of ID. I also really like that the company helps EMS organizations in need and donates 25% of their profits for that. Shout out to the awesome guys at ITS for sharing this and making people aware as always!!

  • Gaston

    EMTs and firefighters will recognise a dog tag when they see one. Other ID methods like GO ID or RoadID can be easily overlooked, specially the ones in the shoes. Nobody checks shoes for IDs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So, the KISS principle applies here. Dogtags are the thing to go. Not fancy, not cool, just efficient.

    • bohicasis

      @Gaston Unfortunately, I have had my tags ripped off me. i no longer rely on anything that can be removed from my body. I want visibility (high) and not to be removed. Sharpies my friend, sharpies.

  • Tango

    Interesting concept. I’ll pass it along to the staff at the hospital where I teach as an alternative to the standard medic-alert tags, but as Inkling said, prehospital our focus is keeping the patient alive.

    • ffemt94

      Keeping someone alive means at least trying to know allergies to medication and past med history.

  • tackleberry

    I wear a RoadID red reflective Velcro ankle band, it stands out and I don’t have to worry about being knocked out of my shoe or separated from them.

    • bohicasis

      @tackleberry yep, wear one of those as well as my ID and med stats i sharpie on my legs

  • alecks_f

    I can’t comment on other services Policies and Procedures but I know the ones I trained under involved cutting pretty much everything off a patient in a traumatic situation. If you are taking a pair of Trauma shears to someones shoelaces there is no way you are going to miss the tag with the Star of Life and the sign saying “PULL”. 
    Anyway, we can all neigh-say this back and forth untill the cows come home and some measures will never be good enough for some people. 
    At the end of the day, it is a tool like any other to help mitigate the effects of unforseen scenario’s in your life, no different from any other tool we all love to EDC.

    You might conceal carry everyday and not need it for your protection but you’ll be damn glad one day if you do need it that you had it. The same applies here, if you are out running early morning and someone hits you with a car or anything else happens,  you’ll be damn glad if the information on that Tag made it easier for someone to help you.

  • Just as @tackleberry mentioned, when I’m cycling, I use the ankle RoadID. All the information I need, plus the added bonus of an extra reflective strip on my body for low visibility cycling. http://www.roadid.com/default.aspx

  • bohicasis

    Having been stripped of things while attacked , including any medical id, i carry nothing but my dog gear and water when out late at night. My dog is ID’d but both my legs are sharpied along with a medical logo sharpied on my arm. I’m out in the wee hrs along dunes or streets, do not carry ID and that is the best option to date. If any article can be removed from me, I would rather have my ID on my body. Has come in handy when being asked for ID by local officers. They get it then. I sharpie each and every time I walk out the door. Never can tell and yes, it has saved my rear.

  • OnTheHook

    I just wanted to jump in to add some thoughts as a FF/EMT.  This looks like a useful product, as is the RoadID that I use.  Just make sure you have the information printed on the item itself.

    Many of these companies offer an option of a toll-free number of web site to pull up a more detailed profile.  Don’t buy those.  In the field, I had a patient present me with a purpose-designed USB key that was labelled as containing medical info.  Absolutely do *NOT* buy those.

    First, EMS is not going to be taking the time to call toll-free numbers from the back of the unit.  Most don’t have Internet access other than with their personal cell phones, and nobody’s going to be using their personal electronics while trying to treat you and wearing gloves covered in your blood.  So there may be more detailed information somewhere, but nobody’s going to see it when they need to.

    Also, I once ran into someone that had such a device.  As a test (and with the owner’s consent), I called the toll-free number and claimed to be calling from a fictitious EMS service.  The amount of personal information I was given right away, without any attempt to verify if I was legit, was astounding. 

    As for the USB keys….do I really need to explain why no EMS service or hospital is going to be putting your USB key of unknown origin into their computers?  I feel sorry for the people suckered into buying those products.

    So stick to the basics that require no extra steps to look up the info.  As for where to put it or how to wear it, there are some good comments.  I don’t have much to add to that.

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